MotoGP lines up first race in Mexico

The MotoGP motorcycling championship is set to stage its first race in Mexico, with the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit set to replace Finland on the 2019 calendar, according to multiple reports.

Motorsport website Crash.net said the circuit located outside Mexico City has been added to a 20-race provisional calendar for 2019, with the deal set to be confirmed in the coming months.

The circuit, which was redeveloped to accommodate the return of Formula One in 2015, will need modifications for MotoGP, but the championship’s commercial rights-holder, Dorna Sports, is understood to be confident these can be made in time for next April.

The first Mexican MotoGP race is expected to be the third race on the 2019 calendar, after the Grand Prix of Argentina and before the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Finland was set to return to the MotoGP calendar in 2019 after Dorna Sports sealed a five-year agreement with the operators of the Kymiring circuit in August 2017. The Kymiring complex is currently under construction, but it is believed that the 4.8km circuit will be nowhere near completion by next summer due to construction delays.

Finland previously hosted motorcycle grands prix in Tampere and Imatra between 1962 and 1982, with Scandinavia now seemingly forced to wait until 2020 for the return of MotoGP.